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Prince Harry has issued legal proceedings against the owners of the Sun and the Daily Mirror over alleged phone hacking, in an escalation of his all-out war with the British newspaper industry.

The decision follows Harry’s strongly worded attack on the British media’s treatment of his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Buckingham Palace confirmed claims had been filed at the high court regarding alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages. News Group, which published the News of the World until its closure as well as the Sun, confirmed a claim had been issued.

There were no details on the nature of the intended claims but they were filed by Clintons, a law firm that has brought multiple phone-hacking claims in the past and won substantial payouts on behalf of its clients.

Although the royal household did not provide any details on their nature, legal sources suggested they were likely to relate to historical incidents of phone hacking in the 2000s.

It was the News of the World’s decision to hack the voicemails of Prince William that led to the start of the wider phone-hacking scandal, although until now royals had stayed out of the long-running civil cases against newspapers. Read more

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